Daley soars into Olympic final
11th August 2012
Tom Daley showed glimpses of his world-class form as he soared in to the 10m Platform final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The European and Commonwealth champion improved on last night’s preliminary effort by more than 70 points to qualify fourth on 521.10.
That’s the tough part done now – qualifying for the final. So now I’ve done that I’m going to give it my best shot tonight.
The 18-year old has scored more than 560 twice this season, to win gold at both the Tijuana leg of the World Series and the European Championships.
And having scored over 88.00 for each of his last three dives to secure an Olympic individual 10m Platform final berth for the second consecutive Games, Daley insisted he was feeling closer to his best form just at the right time.
"I’m gradually getting sharper and sharper," said Daley. "It’s hard to compete in prelims and semis when you know it doesn’t count towards medals but you know you need to get through and qualify.
"That’s the tough part done now – qualifying for the final. So now I’ve done that I’m going to give it my best shot tonight.
"It was a lot better than last night. That’s the thing with diving. Anything can happen. Today the Olympic champion [Australia’s Matthew Mitcham] hasn’t qualified for the final and I’ve completely turned around my performance"
While he struggled for consistency during a difficult three-and-a-half hour prelim, Daley grew in confidence and form as the semi-final progressed.
He began with an 81.00 for his back 2 ½ somersaults, 2 ½ twists in pike before adding 86.40 for his inward 3 ½ somersaults with tuck.
After receiving 8s for an 84.00 on his armstand back triple somersaults in pike, he moved up to seventh on the leaderboard with 88.80 for his highest tariff dive – the forward 4 ½ somersaults with tuck.
Having dropped his fifth dive – the back 3 ½ somersaults in pike – in the prelims, Daley had no such problems in the semi, scoring 91.80 to edge closer to a final berth.
And the Brit finished in style, receiving 9s for a near-perfect reverse 3 ½ somersaults in pike, knocking on the door of the 90 mark again to score 89.10.